With the season for giving creeping ever closer, we couldn’t think of a more relevant event to be talking about this week. The annual Draycott Nursing and Care charity carol service is a wonderful occasion which brings carollers, members of the public and a few famous faces together, all in aid of raising money for one very special cause.
London based care home, Draycott Nursing and Care, has been supporting assistance dog charity Canine Partners for many years, and this yearly event is a fantastic way to celebrate their relationship, while raising some much needed funds! Since launching the fundraiser four years ago, Draycott have raised over £135,000 for the training and life time care of the Canine Partners puppies. And their help is certainly necessary with each dog costing around £20,000 from selection as a puppy to the end of its working life.
The annual carol service is a hugely popular event which involves plenty of joyous carolling, readings from some esteemed guests and lots of festive cheer. Even the dogs themselves will be making an appearance, flaunting their impressive skills and helping to make sure everything runs smoothly on the day! This years’ service is an especially poignant one as it marks the 25th anniversary of the organisation. So to celebrate, Draycott have enlisted the help of a few big names including Nicholas Parsons CBE, Fiona Fullerton, David Robb and explorer Colonel John Blashford-Snell OBE, who will be providing readings on the day. They are also honoured to be welcoming special guest, HRH The Countess of Wessex, who has been a devoted supporter the charity for many years.
This year’s carol service will be held at The Guards Chapel in London’s Wellington Barracks, which, as the only military chapel in London, holds special meaning for Canine Partners – highlighting the continued work they do for Help for Heroes and other Forces charities. After the carols and readings, guests will be invited to toast the occasion with the hosts over some Christmas drinks and canapés.
With the help of generous donations, Canine Partners will be able to continue the incredible work they do in transforming the lives of those living with disabilities. To find out more about how these amazing dogs are changing lives, check out the video below:
The carol service is set to take place on the 16 December at The Guards’ Chapel, Wellington Barracks. For more information check out the event page on the Draycott Nursing and Care website.